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The Journal Gazette

Monday, February 26, 2018 1:00 am


Russia tops Germany to win hockey gold

Associated Press

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The Russians won the gold in men's hockey – without a flag to salute or a national anthem to listen to.

So, they sang it instead to celebrate their 4-3 victory over underdog Germany on Sunday while playing as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”

“You play for your country, it is more important,” Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk said. “It feels good, but I have accomplished my dream. Now, I have no dream.”

Marit Bjoergen of Norway closed out her career – and the Winter Games – by adding another gold to her record-breaking collection.

The 37-year-old Bjoergen finished the women's 30-kilometer mass start cross-country race in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 17.6 seconds – more than 1:49 ahead of silver medalist Krista Parmakoski of Finland for her 15th overall medal. That is the most by any athlete in Winter Olympic history.

Bjoergen's latest medal also gave Norway 14 overall in cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang, breaking the record of 13 held by the Soviet Union in 1988. The Norwegians leave the games with 39 overall medals, also a Winter Games record.

Also on Sunday, Germany won the four-man bobsled competition, and Sweden beat South Korea's “Garlic Girls” for gold in women's curling.

Queen of winter

Bjoergen had already surpassed Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjourndalen for the most Winter Games medals ever. She has eight career golds, four silvers and three bronze medals.

Stina Nilsson of Sweden won bronze.

Crushing garlic

In Gangneung, the Swedish women took control of the gold medal curling match by stealing a point in back-to-back ends – the fourth and the fifth – to beat South Korea 8-3.

Sweden's women's squad continued its dominance in the sport with five medals – three gold – in the six Olympics since curling joined the Winter Games.

The silver was the first curling medal for South Korea.

Super sliding

Francesco Friedrich and his team of Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis finished their four runs in 3 minutes, 15.85 seconds to win the four-man bobsledding gold by more than a half-second.

South Korean and German sleds shared second after they both finished in 3:16.38.